Hymns for Pentecost Sunday (Whitsunday), Year B - Revised Common Lectionary (19 May 2024)

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Revised Common lectionary for Pentecost Sunday, Year B.

Most are free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free) meaning the words can be copied and sung to at least one tune with no concerns about copyright or performance licensing.  Many such hymns are old/traditional - but where possible a variety of styles / genres are included.  A small selection of hymns which are, or may be, still copyright are also included where they are a particularly good for for the theme(s).

Suggestions about other free-to-use hymns that could be included are welcome: leave a message in the Comments box near the bottom of the page.


First: Acts 2:1-21 - The Holy Spirit comes to the apostles, they receive the gift of speaking in many languages and the on-lookers are amazed to hear the apostles speak in then.

Psalm 104 - O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.

Second:  Romans 8:22-27  Creation has been groaning - we too groan waiting for the redemption of our bodies.  We hope for what we do not see ... that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.

Gospel: John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15 - Jesus tells the disciples that the Spirit of truth will come to them and lead them to the complete truth.


Witnessing to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.   God's love.  The coming of the Holy Spirit.   God's Spirit living in us.  Truth.

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Free-use hymns

All Things Bright and Beautiful
At the Name of Jesus Every Knee Shall Bow
Blessed Jesus at Your Word

Christ From Whom All Blessings Flow - Wesley
Come Divine Interpreter - Wesley
Come Down O Love Divine
Come Holy Ghost Creator Blest / Come O Creator Spirit Blest
Come Holy Ghost God and Lord - composite, translated from Luther
Come Holy Ghost our Souls Inspire - Cosin (1594-1672), trans from Rabanus Maurus
Come Holy Ghost our Souls Inspire (And lighten with celestial fire) - Cosin
Come Holy Spirit Come (Let Thy bright beams) - Hart (1712–1768)
Come Thou Almighty King -the Italian Hymn
Come Thou Holy Spirit Come - Caswall
Come, O Come, Thou Quickening Spirit - Schaeffer (1813-1896) trans from Heinrich Held (1620 – 1659)
Covenant Prayer (Lord, I am not mine, but yours alone) - John Wesley (1703-1791)
Creator Spirit Heavenly Dove - Massie (1800-1887), trans from Luther

Eternal Father Strong to Save (The Navy Hymn)
Every Time I Feelthe Spirit - Unknown
Father of Everlasting Grace - Wesley
Father of Heaven Whose Love Profound - Cooper
For all the Saints - How

God of Grace and God of Glory - Fosdick (1878-1969) - free use in the USA only
God whose Almighty Word - Marriott
Gracious Spirit Holy Ghost - Wordsworth
Great is Thy Faithfulness - free use in the USA only
Hail Thee Festival Day - composite trans, from the English Hymnal 1906
Help us to Help Each Other Lord - Wesley
Holy Spirit Ever Dwelling - Rees( 1874-1939)
Holy Spirit Truth Divine - Longfellow
Holy Spirit Wind of Heaven - Garnaas-Holmes

I Know Whom I have Believed (I know not why God’s wondrous grace) - Whittle
I Love Thy Kingdom Lord - Dwight
I’ll Praise my Maker While I’ve Breath - Wesley / Watts
I’m Goin’a Sing When the Spirit says Sing - Unknown
Jesus Thine All-Victorious Love - Charles Wesley (1707-1788)
Kum ba ya / Kumbayah

Let it Breathe on Me - Lewis-Butts (1880-1949)
Light of the Lonely Pilgrim's Heart - Denny (1796-1889)
Longing to be Established in Love ( My God, I know, I feel Thee mine) - Charles Wesley (1707-1788)
Lord God the Holy Ghost / Spirit Blest - Montgomery (1771-1854)
Lord, Teach Us How to Pray Aright - Montgomery (1771-1854)
My Hope is Built on Nothing Less (On Christ the Solid Rock) - Mote
Now Thank we all our God

O Breath of Life Come Sweeping Through Us - Head (1850-1936)
O Breathe on Me O Breath of God
O For A Heart to Praise my God - Wesley
O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing - Wesley
O Spirit of Life - Mattes (1876-1948), translate from Niedling
O Spirit of the Living God - Montgomery
O Thou Who Camest From Above - Wesley
O Thou Who this Mysterious Bread - Charles Wesley (1707-1788)
O Worship the King (all glorious above) - Grant
Open my Eyes that I May See - Scott
Our Blest Redeemer - Auger (1773-1862)

Revive Your Church O Lord - Midlane (1825-1909)
See How Great A Flame Aspires - Wesley
Spirit Divine Attend Our Prayers - Reed
Spirit of Faith Come Down - Wesley
Spirit of God Descend Upon my Heart - Croly

The Church's One Foundation
The Leadings of the Spirit - Browne
The Spirit's Quickening Influences (Come now, everlasting Spirit,) - Charles Wesley

Hymns which are or may still be copyright

As A Fire is Meant for Burning - Duck
Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song) - Eaton / Grant

Come Holy Spirit - Maranatha - Bell / Maule
Come Holy Spirit (O how we need you) - Houghton (b 1971)
Come Holy Spirit I Need You - Gaither / Gaither
Come O Holy Spirit Come - Alstott
Come, Spirit-Friend (When our master Jesus went away) - Colvin (1925-2000)
Crashing Waters At Creation - Cross
Creation Sings (Creation sings the Father’s song) - Townend
Creation Sings Each Plant and Tree - Leckebusch (b 1962)

Enemy of Apathy - Bell / Maule
Eternal Light Shine in My Heart - Idle (b 1938), from Alcuin

Filled with the Spirit's Power
God of the Tempest God of the Whirlwind - Stuempfle (1923-2007)
God Whose Love is Always Stronger - Gillette
Gracious Creator of Sea and of Land - Thornburg (b. 1954)
Great God, your Spirit, Like the Wind - Gaunt (1935–2023)

Holy Breath of God - Markin
Holy Holy - Owens
Holy Spirit Come Confirm Us - Brian Foley (1919-2000)
Holy Spirit Come to Us - Berthier (1923-1994)
Holy Spirit Fall On Me  - Kevin Joncas (unknown)
Holy Spirit Gift Bestower - Williams
Holy Spirit Rain Down On - Fragar (TBA)
Holy Spirit, Come with Power (Ven, Espíritu, cual viento) - Rupp (1932-2020)

In the Beginning Was Darkness and Nothing - Beeching (b. 1979)
It Was A New Beginning on the Day the Spirit Came  - Dobson (1940 - )
Jesus Stand Among Us - Kendrick

Let Every Christian Pray - Pratt Green (1903–2000)
Let It Rise - Davis (b 1971)
Like the Murmur of the Dove's Song - Daw
Lord Of the Church We Pray For Our Renewing - Dudley-Smith
Loving Spirit, Loving Spirit - Murray (1931 -2020)

Many Gifts One Spirit - Carmines (1936-2005)
More Love More Power - Del Hierro

O Holy Spirit Root of Life - Janzen (b 1933)
O the Glory of Your Presence - Fry (b, 1954)
Of All the Spirit's Gifts to Me - Pratt Green (1903–2000)
Open Our Eyes - Cull

Praise for the Spirit of God (Christians lift your hearts) - Bowers (1923-2019)
Praise the Spirit in Creation  - Hewlett (1916-2000)
Rain Down - Cortez (b. 1963)

Set Loose the Tongues the Tongues of Flame  - McCoan ()
She Comes Sailing on the Wind - Light (1944- )
Shine Jesus Shine (Lord the Light of your Love is Shining)
Silent Surrendered Calm and Still - Rizza (b. 1929
Spirit now Live in Me - Leech (1931-2015)
Spirit of God(source) - Arnold
Spirit of God in the Clear Running Water
Spirit of God Unleashed On Earth - Arthur (1922-1980)
Spirit of God Unseen As the Wind - Old
Spirit of God Within Me - Dudley-Smith (b 1926)
Spirit of Holiness - Idle (b 1938)
Spirit of the Living God fall afresh on me - Iverson - Inverson
Spirit of the Lord Come Down - White
Spirit Song (O Let ths Son of God Enfold You)
Spirit Who Broods - Murray (1931-2020)
Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness
Spirit-Friend (God sends us the Spirit to befriend and help us) - Colvin (1925-2000)
Surely the Presence of the Lord Is In This Place - Wolfe
Sweet Sweet Spirit - Akers

The Lord is Present in His Sanctuary - Cole
The Spirit Came As Promised - Seddon (1915-1983)
The Spirit Sends us Forth to Serve - Dufner
There's A Spirit in the Air - Wren

We Have A Gospel to Proclaim - Burns
When God the Spirit Came - Dudley-Smith (b. 1926)
Where the Spirit of the Lord Is - Adams (b 1943)
Wind Who Makes all Winds That Blow - Troeger (1945-2022)

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